Germany's Sebastian Vettel, driving for Red Bull, who by winning the Indian Grand Prix mathematically clinched this year's Formula One driver's title, notched his eighth consecutive win Sunday at the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.
Meanwhile, Spain's Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari, finished fifth at the Circuit of the Americas and assured himself the No. 2 position.
Vettel, 26, in his 12th win this season, had snagged the pole position during Saturday's qualifying runs and covered the 308.5 km (191.3 miles) and 56 laps on the raceway in 1:39:17.148, beating out Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France and his Australian Red Bull colleague Mark Webber, who finished second and third, respectively, and accompanied Vettel to the winners' podium
Vettel also set a record for the most consecutive Formula One wins.
The German phenom, who covered the course at an average speed of 186.3 kph (115.51 mph), secured his 38th career victory on a day when Britain's Lewis Hamilton, driving for Mercedes and the defending champion of the U.S. Grand Prix, came in fourth, ahead of the fifth-place Alonso and sixth-place Sauber driver Nico Hülkenberg, also from Germany.
Mexican McLaren driver Sergio Perez finished seventh, with Finland's Valtteri Bottas, driving for Williams, in eighth, Germany's Nico Rosberg, driving for Mercedes, in ninth, and Britain's Jenson Button, also with McLaren, in 10th place.
With just one race to go this season, Vettel has racked up 372 points, 145 more than Alonso, and 185 more than Hamilton, although the Spaniard has now mathematically clinched the second-place spot in the Formula One world this year.
The 19th and final race of the 2013 Formula One season, the Brazilian Grand Prix, will be held next Sunday on the Interlagos raceway in Sao Paulo. EFE